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Certificate in Pharmacy (Introduction to Pharmacy Practice) (Level 3)

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Level of Study



40 credit hours

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Graduates will learn...

Safe practice and communication

Professional and ethical basic practices for a Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy related products and services

Career Pathways

The programme aims to provide the pharmacy sector with a graduate who has underpinning knowledge and skills in pharmacy retail. Graduates will be able to work within a pharmacy in a non-dispensing role with the supervision of a pharmacist or pathway into further study at level 4 or 5 in a pharmacy programme.

Pharmacy Assistants can progress to be a Pharmacy Technician working in the dispensary or may become retail or business managers looking after the retail side of the pharmacy.

Duration : 15 teaching weeks plus 3 study break weeks. Face to face learning activities / Clinical Placement are normally scheduled over 3 days per week.

Delivery : You can expect the following workload for the theory modules:

20 hours per week engaging in face-to-face learning activities.

10 hours per week completing independent study tasks.

For 6 of the last 7 weeks of the programme students will be required to complete 135 hours of practicum in a commercial pharmacy setting (22.5 hours per week). The 7th week is for feedback activities relating to the practicum.

Entry criteria

International students –

At least 18 years of age at programme start date.

Year 12 or 13 qualification or equivalent (high school) including at least one science subject.

IELTS 5.0 with individual no bands less than 5.0 or equivalent as per the English Language Proficiency Requirements for International students determined by NZQA.

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